Independent media needs you. Join the Tyee.

The Hook: Political news, freshly caught

Buy in Dunbar: It’s going to be waterfront property

Having published a novel in 1979 about the collapse of the Antarctic ice sheet, I was interested to hear that it really might happen.

A new report in Science, the top US science journal, says it could have dire results for Vancouver: a 6-meter rise in sea level.

As explained in a Globe and Mail story, the collapse of the ice sheet would actually change the planet’s gravity, allowing sea water to rise in the North Pacific.

To get a sense of what a somewhat higher rise than 6 meters would mean for Vancouver, see this map from re:place magazine.

But don’t worry. I predicted it would happen in 1985. The scientists don’t expect it for several hundred years.

Crawford Kilian is a contributing editor of The Tyee.

Find more in:

What have we missed? What do you think? We want to know. Comment below. Keep in mind:


  • Verify facts, debunk rumours
  • Add context and background
  • Spot typos and logical fallacies
  • Highlight reporting blind spots
  • Ignore trolls
  • Treat all with respect and curiosity
  • Connect with each other

Do not:

  • Use sexist, classist, racist or homophobic language
  • Libel or defame
  • Bully or troll
  • Troll patrol. Instead, flag suspect activity.
comments powered by Disqus